The End of your Life Book Club

The End of your Life Book Club

Audiobook CD - 2012
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Mary Anne Schwalbe is waiting for her chemotherapy treatments when Will casually asks her what she's reading. The conversation they have grows into tradition, soon they are reading the same books so they can have something to talk about in the hospital waiting room. The ones they choose range from classic to popular, from fantastic to spiritual, and we hear their passion for reading and their love for each other in their intimate and searching discussions.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Audio, p2012
ISBN: 9780449806630
Branch Call Number: SCD B Schwalbe
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (9.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Harding, Jeff


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Mar 12, 2018

When the author's mother is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, they find books a bridge to share their thoughts, feelings, and fears through countless doctors' appointments, treatments, and just not good days. Switching between favorite authors and current writers, Will and his mother cover a remarkable amount of territory in almost two years. Like an onion, the various books uncover the biographies of both mother and son topic by topic. Unlike most books about books, I've actually read many of the books discussed by Will and Mary Anne. Although my opinions didn't always agree with theirs, it was refreshing to see my choices reflected through their voices.

Jun 11, 2017


Oct 15, 2014

Book junkies will like this book, especially fiction fans. The story has "good pull" to it, even if we all know the outcome. And what an inspiring woman, and an exquisite mother. This is a perfect piece for a six hour car trip. Though I am a non-fiction nut, I am glad to have partaken in this. Give it a try. Most of you will not be disappointed.

VanessaCCL Nov 27, 2012

"Editor and writer Will Schwalbe and his mother, Mary Anne, started a book club just for them as they sat in the waiting room at the centre where Mary Anne was receiving chemotherapy. Their conversations began with her remarks about a particular book and continued through more than two years of her treatments. Their discussions allowed them to talk - directly or indirectly - about issues of life and death in addition to the books themselves.." Biography and Memoir Newsletter November 2012


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